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Rigny-Ussé / Candes-St-Martin

[ Cycle routes EuroVelo 6 ] [ La Loire à Vélo from Tours to Saumur ]
  • 24 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

This Loire à Vélo stage is marked by atmospheric islands in the Loire colonized by birds. At the Indre River’s confluence with the Loire, the setting is unspoilt. Further west, enjoy one of the most magnificent panoramas on the Loire à Vélo and Eurovelo 6 routes from gorgeous Candes-St-Martin, looking onto the confluence of Vienne and Loire rivers. This stage is easy, alternating between greenways and quiet country roads.

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Route
The portion on the D 16 road takes you along a stretch of raised Loire levée. Be careful on the rough surface between L’Ile St-Martin and Néman. Take care crossing the bridge to Candes-St-Martin, and going down to that village’s Loire quays.

 

Alternative route
To reach the historic courtly town of Chinon, there’s a well-signposted but hilly route suitable for experienced cyclists. You cross through beautiful vineyards arriving near Chinon.

Railway station - SNCF

Port-Boulet train station: 4 trains per day allow bikes, either going west to Angers and Nantes, or east to Tours and Orléans. Reach Port-Boulet station via a signposted way going from Savigny. Take care crossing the Loire on the D 749 road.

Don’t miss

Rigny-Ussé : an historic village with a magical château said to have inspired the famed French fairytale, Sleeping Beauty
Savigny-en-Véron: for its Ecomusée du Véron in a converted farm, with exhibitions and events based around the local heritage and environment
Candes-St-Martin: a stunning village (a member of the association, Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) with an exceptional pilgrimage church and magnificent panoramas onto the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers
Fontevraud Royal Abbey: 6 km from Candes-St-Martin, an exceptionally extensive and well-preserved religious ensemble, its main church the resting place of several Anglo-French Plantagenet royals, including King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart; major exhibitions and events held year-round; a must-see sight on the Loire à Vélo route.

Markets

Avoine : Friday morning
Montsoreau : Sunday morning
Fontevraud-l’Abbaye : Wednesday morning

Tourist Information centre

Montsoreau : +33(0)2 41 51 70 22
Chinon : +33(0)2 47 93 17 85
Fontevraud-l’Abbaye : +33(0)2 41 51 79 45

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Mini-cruises at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne

Explore the exceptional vistas of Candes-Saint-Martin (one of the "most beautiful villages in France") and the château de Montsoreau on a modern boat on the Loire.

Sleeping beauty's Castle

This monument is a private dwelling. The furniture, works of art and collections that you can view belong to the families which owned the property over the centuries. This château inspired Perrault's tale of Sleeping Beauty. Life-size scenes from this fairy tale are recreated in various rooms in the château - children will love it.

Museum of the Atom

The first nuclear power plant entering into service in France, "Chinon A" is now a museum of the Atom, and offers a 3D view of the operation of a nuclear power plant, looking at the issues facing us in the future for this form of energy.
Free visit with registration (ID required):
Tél. : 02 47 98 77 77 - email : cip-chinon@edf.fr

Royal fortress

The imposing ruins of the fortress which dominates the town have just emerged from a long, ambitious restoration scheme. They have been fitted out for visiting, using the latest museum technology (augmented reality stations) and they have been given good lighting. But even the mural sections which have not been reconstructed have a great deal to tell us...

Caves painctes

This is the lad of Rabelais, in the heart of a huge area of vineyards. One of the best ways to get the most out of this area is to visit the old quarry galleries which have been converted into wine cellars. The "Entonneurs rabelaisiens" (wine caskers) association is also based here.

 

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